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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156270
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:26-MAR-1952
Time:15:40 .
Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47B Stratojet
Owner/operator:4925th Test Gp USAF (4925th Test Gp United States Air Force)
Registration: 50-026
MSN: 450041
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kirtland AFB (KABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kirtland AFB (KABQ), Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Destination airport:Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Narrative:
The aircraft had just lifted off from Kirtland Air Force Base, on a routine test flight, when halfway down the runway, at about 200ft; one of the engines malfunctioned, this caused the aircraft to go into a 90 banking dive, before crashing, shearing off a wing and spewing out fuel, which engulfed the aircraft in flames.
Four aircrew, Aircraft Commander, Capt. Arthur A Zalk; Co-pilot, Francis H. Early; Observer, 1st. Lt. Chester W. Thew and Crew Engineer, MSgt.Allen W Witt were killed in the crash.

Sources:

http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/.html
www.forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org
B.47.com, Newspapers.com
Albuquerque Journal, NM - 27/28th March 1952
The New Mexican, NM - 27th March 1952
The Newburgh News 27th March 1952, p3
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbahb.asp?HB=af&offset=35425


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2013 16:06 Uli Elch Added
05-Jun-2013 16:18 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Narrative]
04-Oct-2013 18:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2017 20:45 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jun-2020 15:16 Peter Clarke Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2020 10:15 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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